Khalna Tole


Southeast of Potters' Sq and above the river is the wide open square of Khalna Tole, the setting for the spectacular Bisket Jatra festival. Many flanking houses were damaged in the 2015 earthquake, but restoration work is under way. In the middle of the square, note the huge stone yoni where the giant lingam is erected during the festival. You may have to pick your way through mountains of drying rice and grain to get here.

Just south of the bridge, past an orange Hanuman statue on the riverbank is the campus of the Kathmandu University Department of Music, where the sound of traditional music wafts over the peaceful ornamental gardens.

Across the river are the modern cremation plinths at Chuping Ghat.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Bhaktapur attractions

2. Cremation Plinths

0.05 MILES

These contemporary cremation plinths are across the river from the Khalna Tole.

3. Til Mahadev Narayan Temple

0.14 MILES

This interesting temple at Taumadhi Tole is hidden away behind the buildings at the south end of the square. The Til Mahadev Narayan Temple is set in an…

4. Potters’ Square

0.14 MILES

Hidden down shop-lined alleyways leading south from the curving road to Taumadhi Tole, Potters’ Sq is exactly what you would expect – a public square full…

5. Bhairabnath Temple

0.15 MILES

The broad-fronted, triple-roofed Bhairabnath Temple is dedicated to Bhairab, the fearsome incarnation of Shiva, whose consort occupies the Nyatapola…

6. Nyatapola Temple

0.18 MILES

You should be able to see the sky-high rooftop of the Nyatapola Temple long before you reach Taumadhi Tole. With five storeys towering 30m above the…

7. Nasamana Square

0.21 MILES

This square just northwest of Potters' Sq lost its temples in the 1934 quake, but it still has a large Garuda statue praying to a vanished Vishnu shrine…

8. Tadhunchen Bahal

0.21 MILES

Walking east from Durbar Sq, you’ll pass the gateway to the restored Tadhunchen Bahal monastery, tucked between souvenir shops. This Buddhist temple is…